January 31, 2007

Hoophall Spotlight: King, Smith, Patterson

There were plenty of good players on display at Cameron Indoor Stadium Tuesday night, but Duke fans in attendance had their eyes focused on three in particular.

Nolan Smith and Taylor King will have plenty more games to play at Cameron, and Duke hopes Patrick Patterson will too.

Continue on to read breakdowns of their individual performances at the Hoophall Classic.

Taylor King
6-7, 215

The Stats: 13-29 FG, 6-15 3 Pt, 32 pts, 6 rebs

King played a warrior's game Tuesday night, going all 32 minutes and nearly willing his team to a victory over Oak Hill. His first half shooting display was a thing of beauty, as he dropped 20 points on Oak Hill while hitting 4-8 from the three point line. There may not be a better spot up three point shooter in transition in America, and Oak Hill found that out the hard way.

But he's much more than just a spot up shooter. King showed a nice shoulder fake in the post that he used to get free for an easy basket, and displayed a quick release with either hand around the goal. He also was extremely intelligent with his use of pump fakes and one step dribble moves to rise into his shot in rhythm. On one of his first half baskets, King head faked from the three point line, took a dribble into the elbow area and knocked down a contested 15 footer.

King's limitations can be improved, but they are always going to be there. He's never going to be a guy that has a bunch of favorable defensive matchups on the perimeter, which is why he spent a lot of the game defending Oak Hill's Howard Thompkins around the goal. Thompkins was a difficult matchup for King, and he dunked over King early in the first quarter and blocked his shot on the baseline a couple of possessions later.

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